Family, Composite. Color, pink. Flowers, all tubular, many in a head, a few in the center without pistils and with a 5-cleft corolla; the others pistillate, with a threadlike corolla. No rays. Leaves, sessile, or with short petioles, toothed, oblong, narrow, thick, rough. 2 to 3 feet high. August.

A common, rather pretty flower found in brackish or salt marshes along the coast. The small, rose-colored blossoms grow in close, flat heads resembling the inflorescence of the everlastings. Stem and leaves glandular. They give forth a distinct odor of camphor. Massachusetts southward. (See illustration, p. 297.)

Salt marsh fleabane (Pluchea camphorata)

Salt marsh fleabane (Pluchea camphorata)